Hornady One Shot


November 16, 2008, 09:54 PM
Bought a bottle, wanted to see how it would do. It did awful.

I was trying to size 308 Win brass in my RCBS small base die. Sprayed the stuff as directed, let it sit for 10 minutes. When I attempted to size the cases, it was so hard that I quit. I was afraid I would get a case stuck in the die.

It just does not lubricate as well as RCBS water soluble or Imperial.

So I put some drops of RCBS on the cases and rolled them around in a small bucket. And that worked.

These spray lubes, and I also tried Dillion , I am not impressed.

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November 16, 2008, 10:30 PM
Have used it with several calibers,from .223 - 7mm Rem mag.A couple thousand rounds(mostly .223),never a stuck case.Guess that's why there's lots of different options.(each of us have our own preferences)
I'll agree that it may not be quite as slippery as some,but it's always worked,and application is far easier than any "tube lube" I've used.

November 16, 2008, 10:35 PM
I use One Shot for pistol calibers with carbide dies only. I use Imperial Wax exclusively for rifle cases. I am thinking of trying the synthetic motor oil for .223, though.


November 16, 2008, 10:45 PM
I've had great luck with it on everything that I've loaded. I would not try it with SB dies on a 308 or 30-06 but it works with SB 223s.

November 16, 2008, 11:00 PM
Most spray lubes are methanol as a solvent and lanolin as a lubricant. Unfortunately, the lanolin settles out of the solvent very quickly (in seconds) so you have to keep agitating while you spray. And you have to agitate a half minute or so before you start spraying.

I've made the mistake of spraying the alcohol only (didn't mix the lanolin well) and it simply evaporates, leaving no lubricant. It leaves the brass dry and that doesn't work very well, does it?

So if spray lube doesn't work for you, use something else.

November 16, 2008, 11:16 PM
That's been my experience with One Shot as well, and now all I use is Imperial. My grandfather sticks to the spray stuff and he knows what he's doing, so I guess it just comes down to personal preference.

The Bushmaster
November 16, 2008, 11:17 PM
Makes a good rocking chair squeek remover...

Rancho Relaxo
November 16, 2008, 11:50 PM
I tried One Shot. It worked great for making 9mm a little easier to resize in a carbide die. I don't count it as being a true case lube though. Like most, I use Imperial for rifle cartridges and it works impeccably. I spray a little into the die body when loading 9mm, although now that I think about it I might just be making the die dirty. I don't like how One Shot makes everything messy.

November 17, 2008, 09:42 AM
"Hornady One Shot - Bought a bottle, wanted to see how it would do. It did awful."

As mentioned above, it's absolutey neccessary to keep One Shot all shook up. I sometimes wonder if the users aren't "lubing" cases held in a loading tray. That will shield the lower case, the part which needs lubing the most, from getting any.

Anyway, I tried a can and didn't care for it, even used right, except maybe for pistol stuff.

I still use Imperial for bottle neck cases. It's a good lube, very clean, easy to apply with finger tips as I pick up each case and easy to wipe off afterwards.

November 17, 2008, 11:52 AM
Hornady One Shot

Bought a bottle, wanted to see how it would do. It did awful.


I gave One Shot it's "one shot" many years ago. It failed miserably, and has been relegated to the "looks good on paper" area of reloading. Imperial rules.


November 17, 2008, 11:56 AM
+ 1 for Imperial Sizing Die Wax. Awesome stuff.

Plain old RCBS Case Lube II water based lube works just fine for ordinary low stress work. Rinses off with hot water, or just tumble to remove.

November 17, 2008, 12:28 PM
Put cases in plastic zip lock bag, spray twice and shake well.

The Bushmaster
November 17, 2008, 01:14 PM
I'm with Walkalong on that RCBS pad and lube. It has worked so good for the last 20 years I just have not changed. The wheel isn't broke so why change or fix it?

November 17, 2008, 02:38 PM
I am thinking of trying the synthetic motor oil for .223, though.

Does this work and can I use it on other calibers?

November 17, 2008, 02:59 PM
I use it for 7.62x39mm, works well with liberal application, but really is helpful when sizing cast bullets in my Lee push through sizer. :)
I tried One Shot with 25-06, didn't work very well, went back to the RCBS lube pad and Lee Lube for those cases.

November 17, 2008, 03:01 PM
Personal Opinion:

1) For handgun cases, Hornady One Shot and the "bag method" works great.

2) Best bottle neck case lube is Rooster CFL-56 case forming lube.

3) Imperial works well, but not as well as #2 above.

4) Water based lubes have not worked well for me on bottle neck cases. I tried and no longer use. Have read that there is some concern about rusting dies if they are not cleaned immediately; no personal experience.

Just my opinion...

November 17, 2008, 08:20 PM
I used to use Hornady one shot lube on the pistol cases I didn't have a carbide die set for, no problems, i just put them in a zip lock bag and spray and shake. However I do prefer imperial sizing wax to them all. I have used RCBS lube an pad for years with good results. Just depends, I put a little imperial wax on the brass and no problems at all.

November 17, 2008, 08:26 PM
I am thinking of trying the synthetic motor oil for .223, though.

Does this work and can I use it on other calibers?

I'm not sure how good it works but I am sure it would work. It's just that everytime I start size .223 brass, I turn into a creature of habit and start to lay out all the usual tools and by the time I remember that I wanted to try the Synth. Motor oil, I end up saying "the heck with it, I'll give it a try next time".


November 18, 2008, 04:19 PM
I use Hornady One Shot to lube the inside of the case necks, but I use Imperial to lube the bodies.


November 18, 2008, 07:47 PM
I use this stuff it works great. I line them in a ziplock bag with the necks facing away from me. I line them up and usually fit 80 or so 308 cases in the gallon size bag, I put the bag on a piece of cardboard. Then I shake the can really good and spray the cases, then I roll them back and forth to make sure they're covered good. Then I flip them over using the coardboard and spray on the other side, roll around and done...never had a problem with this method.

November 19, 2008, 12:06 PM
I have used this stuff for thousands of rounds both pistol and rifle. I have never had a problem with it and am quite happy with it. I lay about 150 cases on an old cookie sheet and coat them, then I shake the pan around some and coat them again....all done and ready to load!!
For a cheap method, try some PAM cooking spray, it works also!!

November 19, 2008, 11:58 PM
Been using One Shot for way over ten years and several thousand rifle cases and never a single probelm what so ever. Love the stuff. Will add I neck size only 99% of the time. The reason I gave One Shot a try was using RCBS case lubs and pad I felt was a huge PITA to clean up once done.

November 20, 2008, 12:04 AM
only way i was able to get that stuff to work is buy putting the shells in a baggy. then spraying in the baggy and sealing it then shaking them up and using them right then and there. other wise i used the rest of the hornady on my sons bicycle chain. imperial sizing the best hands down

November 20, 2008, 06:26 AM
I still like a pad and a little bit of Break Free.

English Bob
November 20, 2008, 06:51 AM
I have been using the Dillion case lube...works great, even on my 45-90's.

Ky Larry
November 20, 2008, 09:32 PM
Any .50 BMG reloaders here? What do you use? Just curious.

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